Hummus, Hummus, Hummus is the word! Perhaps it’s service, service, service too. Everything was perfect, and the hummus and service was fantastic. This was my second time stopping in at Kid Cashew, the new hip restaurant located in the heart of Dilworth that has everyone buzzing. I have to say it has been spot on every single time and the staff is just wonderful. It’s fun, inviting and that’s just the menu.

The open floor layout of the dining area is beautifully shown off with strategically placed mirrors on the wall, expanding the room. There is also outdoor seating and a bar area. Big windows let in just the right amount of sunlight, really adding to the mood of the room. Prices are fair for the amount of food that you get, and the quality of the food is just phenomenal. Everything tastes very fresh, and they use high-quality meat for all their menu items.

The menu options are eclectic and exciting. I like to call it Mediterranean food with a kick, and you can really tell that its farm-to-table. “Our privilege is to stay as close to mother nature as possible.” says Giorgio Bakatsias, proprietor and James Beard ‘Best Restaurateur’ nominee.

Photo by Angie Baquedano
Photo by Angie Baquedano

Everything is made to order; nothing is ever frozen, which is fantastic if you’re really looking for a place that can assure you freshness. During my visit, I tried the hummus and an amazing chicken avocado BLT with a twist. I also had mac and cheese as my side and I have to say it was the most surprising part of my whole meal. How is it possible that a restaurant can make such a simple item seem like it should be complicated? The mac and cheese came out in an extremely hot cast iron pan probably part of the reason it was so delicious. It’ll burn your mouth if you aren’t careful, but it’s the kind of tasty pain that anyone would gladly welcome.

The hummus is specially made as well, and I was actually hoping to get some on my second visit to Kid Cashew, but the waitress informed me that they had run out for the day. I was disappointed, especially because it was only 1 p.m. and their hours are from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. I’m assuming they only make a certain amount each day and once it’s gone, it’s gone. I found that a little surprising since they are a Mediterranean restaurant and hummus is essential (in my opinion) for Mediterranean cuisine. I was also a little disappointed that they did not have any dipping sauces other than tzatziki sauce. I was given potatoes as my side along with the mac and cheese and they had nothing to dip it in. It sounds silly to be bothered by that, but it’s a restaurant and I think it’s necessary for establishments within the food industry to have variety while still managing to stick out among the crowd.

Photo by Angie Baquedano
Photo by Angie Baquedano

All in all, it was an excellent restaurant, and my waitress was so very friendly, as was the cook in the back that came forward to have his picture taken at my bidding. Everything was pretty close to perfect, but don’t just take my word for it, try it out yourself! Get the hummus in my honor!

Rate: 3.5/5 stars 

Angie Baquedano is the Assistant Lifestyle Editor at Niner Times. She is close to completing her Creative Writing major and Journalism Minor as an Undergraduate and hopes to one day work for The National Geographic Society. When Angie isn’t swamped with homework or working her CNA job she can be found traveling, reviewing restaurants for Charlotte Food Adventures or taking up new hobbies such as painting with oil pastels (It changes depending on what inspires her that week).